JANUARY 14 - MARCH 4, 2023
MEET THE ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, January 14, 4 - 6 PM | Talk at 5 PM
Pentimenti Gallery is excited to present Matthew King’s first solo exhibition in Philadelphia.
In this new body of work, Matthew King continues his investigation into the visual relationships between hard-edge abstraction and appropriated prints from various magazines. His sculpture-like paintings flirt with the minimalist movement comparable to the aesthetic blend of Peter Halley and Brice Marden. Another key element in his work is the use of single imagery. These originated from magazines of the 20th-century golden age through the extinction of so many publishing houses in the 21st century. King mounts the image on an aluminum panel that occupies a fraction of the painting, and yet it still demands equal attention as the rest of the painted surface. By incorporating advertisements of American corporate giants such as the tobacco industry and pharmaceutical companies; these images depict an environmental fantasy. The juxtaposition of different aesthetics creates tension in the painting’s identity, which teeters between picture, object, painting, and collage.
The existing qualities and characteristics of the advertisements dictate Matthew's decisions when painting. He reacts to the imperfect or perfect predetermined conditions of the image. His intense colors are mixed carefully to harmonize with the tones found in the offset printing process. Thick layers of acrylic paint are applied with a brush, and yet the edges of all the geometric forms are executed with rigid precision. King’s approach leaves us with a serene sense of balance despite all the complex elements found in his paintings.
Matthew King (Boston, MA) received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010. Most recently, King’s work has been exhibited at Marvin Gardens, New York; Marvin Gardens, London; Harper’s, New York, East Hampton, and Los Angeles; SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York; Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton; and Joshua Liner Gallery, New York. His books, The Vanishing American and This Side Down, were published by Harper’s.
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